A 50-year-old male asked:
Do i need a tetanus shot if my dog bit me on my hand. my dog who has been vaccinated, ?
1 doctor answer • 4 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Maybe: Any break in the skin can allow tetanus spores to enter & set up the process that triggers tetanus. If you had the primary series as a kid & no booster within 10 yrs it would be reasonable. Dog bites are more likely to introduce other bacteria for an infection & proper cleaning/local care may avoid any complication. The rest is your call. If you get a booster now you get 10 yrs from it also.
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